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PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD -- IT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THANK YOU!

We are all individuals with different needs. It is very important to remember to follow your surgeon's instructions and listen to your own instincts. We are offering these ideas as suggestions because they helped us. Please do not feel that it is necessary to purchase any or all of the items suggested. If you are in doubt - consult your doctor or physical therapist.

BEFORE SURGERY . . . . . . . . . .

Some Questions To Ask Your Surgeon:
*What are the risks/potential complications of a replacement
*How long will the procedure take
*How long will I be in the hospital
*When will I be able to resume normal activities
*How much pain relief or increased mobility can I expect
*Which implant have you chosen for my replacement --- Why
*Will I have a catheter

Insurance:
*Find out if your insurance will cover the cost of a walker and/or a cane
*Know how many at-home physical therapy visits you are allowed

There is the standard 'hip kit" which includes:
*A sponge on a stick
*A long shoe horn
*A reacher/grabber
*A sock Aide

Things To Bring To The Hospital:
*Give anything of value to a family member or friend to hold until you are in your hospital room
*Books, music, crafts - anything to occupy your 'down' time in your room
*Nightgowns, t-shirts & sweatpants or shorts
*Non-slip slippers or shoes
*Toiletries

Helpful Items for the Bathroom:
*Toilet seat riser or high toilet seat NOTE: DO NOT USE A STANDARD TOILET
*Bath Chair
* Hand held shower head
*Keep extra rolls of toilet paper on the counter instead of in a cabinet

For Safety:
* Remove all area rugs that could pose a risk of tripping
* Use a chair that is easy to get in and out of. If you have a rocker, put rubber door stops under the rockers (front and back) to keep it stable.

If You Live Alone:
* And will not be going to a rehab center, make sure you have someone who can stay with you 24/7 at least for the first 2 weeks.
* Stock up on paper products (toilet paper, Kleenex, paper plates, etc.). When someone goes to the grocery store for you all they need to do is pick up perishables.
*Load money on a grocery store gift card so that it makes it easier for people to go to the store for you.
*Make and freeze meals as well as muffins.
*Make arrangements for your mail and any papers that are delivered; and watering of plants
*Put commonly used pots on top of the stove so you don't have to bend

Exercises:
*Work on upper body strength - you will need it after the surgery for getting around

Useful items:
*A large 12 x 12 flexible ice pack
*Gauze bandages
*Sterile gloves
*Paper tape
*Leg lifter to get out of bed
*Walker
*Sock helper
*Walking poles are excellent if you walk outside
*High firm chair
*Have a walker - one with a seat and compartment makes carrying things easy

Miscellaneous:
*Have a list of restaurants/businesses that have the toilet paper holder above the handicap grab bar. Any that are below, puts a hip replacement person past the 90 degree limitation.

DURING YOUR STAY AT THE HOSPITAL . . . . . . . . . .

*Stay on the pain meds
*Ask for a stool softener -- it will help!!
*Walk the halls as much as possible
*Tell the physical therapist if you have steps at home and what type of vehicle you drive or will be traveling in. They will show you the correct way to walk up and down steps and the safest way to get in and out of the vehicle.
*Some doorways are too narrow to get through with a walker - ask the p/t how to go through sideways

ITEMS THAT ARE HELPFUL ONCE YOU'RE HOME . . . . . . . . . .

*Long Handled Shoe Horn
*Flexible Cooler Ice Packs
*Pure Vitamin E or Aqua Four for scars (Make sure your check with your surgeon first - before using anything on your incision)
*Keep a cell phone or portable phone with you - or within reach
*New shoes -- you'd be surprised how much different you'll walk

*Remember to take your pain meds at least 30 minutes before therapy - it will help


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